Afternoon Coffee: Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Drinking Straws by 2020, UPS Shows Hand on Teamsters Contract

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Starbucks will replace plastic drinking straws with recyclable, strawless lids or paper or compostable plastic straws in all of its stores by 2020, the New York Times reports. The move comes amid a growing public backlash against plastic straws, which are a prominent source of ocean pollution.

UPS-Teamsters Update

UPS unveiled to the Teamsters Union Tuesday its conditions for introducing new technology in the workplace, according to Supply Chain Dive. The new master contract between the Teamsters Union and UPS would require the company to provide the union six months’ notice before implementing emerging technology like drones, driverless vehicles or truck platoons, according to a fact sheet sent to reporters Monday.

Nissan Emissions 

Japan Inc. is facing another data-faking scandal as Nissan said Monday that staff at some of the company’s plants had falsified auto-emissions and fuel-economy data, according to the BBC. The data alterations were made to comply with Nissan’s own stricter internal standards, the company said, and none of the affected cars will be recalled because they currently meet Japan’s auto standards.

Oil Rising

And finally, an energy update: Supply issues in several major oil-producing countries have pushed oil prices to a 3½-year high, The Wall Street Journal reports. Light, sweet crude for August delivery rose 0.7% to $74.38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Tuesday and Brent rose 1.4% to $79.19.

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